Zhao offers a quick history of China's foreign policy since 1949 and then offers a provocative assessment of it today.
Film Screening: Revolution of Our Times
The USC School of Cinematic Arts presents a special in-person screening of "Revolution of Our Times, winner of the Golden Horse Awards Best Documentary category.
Over the past fifty years, Hongkongers have fought for freedom and democracy but have yet to succeed. In 2019, the “Extradition Bill” to China opened a Pandora’s box, turning Hong Kong into a battlefield against the Chinese authoritarian rule. The award-winning director of Ten Years: Self Immolator, Kiwi Chow, made this documentary to tell the story of the movement, both with a macro view of its historical context and up close and personal on the front lines.
The 2019 movement is always labeled with the characteristics of “decentralized leadership”, “be water” (flexible tactics), “do not split” (unity but in different ways) and “blossoming everywhere” (protest all over the territory). The film covers seven teams of protestors with different stories which are put together as a comprehensive picture of the versatile movement.
Democracy and freedom are now facing an unprecedented crisis over the world. Revolution of Our Times is not only about the battle of Hongkongers but is about a war between all freedom lovers and dictatorships of our globe.
Running Time: 152 minutes
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